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   Posted 5/2/2012 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
hi guys.i basically just need some support and comfort at this sinus plates under my eyes are so painful all the time that i am in tears alot.the pain is through my eyes and eyebrows as well.i am a chronic migraine and headache sufferer and it is making my chronic headaches really,really bad.

i am on a 15 month waiting list to see an allergist and i take prescription nose sprays and allergy tablets from the chemists and do saline flushes each day but it is not helping.all the doctors i have seen have said they can't help is my allergies which is causing sinus pressure.i am falling apart at this stage.i have to look after three teenage kids and run them around with school and work and i am dealing with other chronic pain issues at the moment is all getting on top of me fast.

just a kind word of support would be great at this family and hubby don't care about how much i am suffering every day.if i fall apart and have a sick day,the whole family falls apart.i am the only one who can run everyone around in the car and do all the housework.all of my illnesses including intercystiitis cystitis,irratable bowel syndrome,allergies and sinus pressure and pain,chronic migraines and headaches and upper stomach pains are taking a heavy toll on me.

sorry this is so long.i am lonely in my pain and discomfort and only other people going through allergy and sinus problems would understand and actually care.thanks for reading this.have a nice day everyone.take care. mad

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   Posted 5/2/2012 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Autunm, and welcome.

I think everyone on this board could probably sympathize with you.

I can't imagine having to wait 15 months to see an allergy specialist.  Why not try an ear, nose, and throat specialist in the meantime or a surgeon whose work is devoted to removing sinus

An ent specialist can do the blood work to determine what your allergies are, and some sites even have an immunologist on board.
The nursing staff could administer allergy shots.

I couldn't wait, honestly.

While it may be sinus infections that are bothering you, (and an ent specialist could take care of that) it's also possible that you may be having a problem with insomnia.

Do you have difficulty getting to sleep at night? If so, you need to be checked by a lung specialist to determine if you have sleep apnea. That can very readily cause insomnia and cause you to be losing rem--rapid eye-movement sleep, the form of sleep that charges our "battery". If called for, CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) can restore your REM sleep and give you an 8-hour sleep each night so that you wake refreshed the next day.

If you need it, it is covered by most insurance policies, (especially if your ENT specialist recommends that you have the test done.)  If the test indicates that you are missing rem sleep at night,  all you will need to do is wear a sleep mask that provides you with extra air during the night while you sleep so that rapid-eye-movement sleep storage is increased.

One type of mask just has the two nostril "pillows" attached to a light wrap that fits around the head. It's very simple and so easy to use and wonderfully effective. The machine that produces the extra air just sits on a bedside table where a supply line (plastic) forces extra air into your nose. It's like getting a nice supply of air that you grow accustomed to in a couple of nights. It can help to clear up the "bags" under the eyes, as well, because you're resting 100% better.

That's one possibility for your circles under the eyes. If you are
fatigued during the day, feel that you need afternoon naps to hold
on until bedtime, feel no energy, it could be sleep apnea. It could
also be sinus infections, as you suggest.  (More than likely, it's a
combination of things: sinus, allergies, food sensitivities, and sleep apnea.)

Sleep apnea knows no age bracket for its appearance. The young,
middle-aged, and elderly folks could be ones who might have the

Otherwise, I'd see an ent specialist as soon as I could and get his
recommendations, including being put on an antibiotic such as
Azithromycin (if he/she recommends it) and getting some allergy
testing done.  Sinus surgery is also a possibility.  I'm sure it would
be painless--these days, doctors can usually get the job done with
as little pain for  the patient as possible during healing.
(We're not doctors, so we can't diagnose, but we are permitted to tell you what has worked for us or others that we know about.)

Good wishes,

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/2/2012 10:40:46 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/2/2012 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
hi it's genetic.thanks for your great advice.i am not in private health insurance so i can't afford to go and get things done with an ear,nose and throat specialist.having surgery is not an option for me at this stage with my finances.25 years ago i did see an ear,nose and throat specialist and i did have an operation for bad sinuses and i did not suffer anything for 10 years and then it all came back.

by that stage i had started having kids and money has been a big issue ever since.saying that,i don't even know how i am going to afford to see the allergist.i have had x-rays done on my sinus areas about 3 years ago and it was classed as mild sinus.i did suffer sleep apnea a few years ago and did use a facial mask but because my chronic migraines and headaches were so bad,i had to stop using it because of the noise and i could not sleep with the noise of the machine.

i don't have sleep apnea anymore due to some weight loss.i need to know what i am allergic too because allergies cause twin sister suffers like me and years ago she saw the same allergist and did immunotherepy for 3 years and got 2 years of slight relief.that is what i have been thinking about doing but it is very expensive as well.

i appreciate everything you are you today? tongue

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   Posted 5/3/2012 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm good, Autunm,

Well, I was close, perhaps.

You're right about allergies causing sinus infections. For the time being since finances are a problem for you, I would see a general practitioner and ask for an antibiotic such as Azithromycin to break the sinus condition you have right now and also ask for steroid nasal spray such as Fluticasone to relieve inhaled allergens.

Sometimes, if your general physician will recommend you to an
allergist as one who needs immediate attention, you might be able to get in sooner since you're having such strong problems.

You need to get rid of the infection first. That causes so many problems.

Take care and let us know what you decide to do and how you get along.

(We're required to say that we aren't doctors; we can only suggest things that we know have worked for us or others whom we know.)

It's Genetic
P.S. about your CPAP machine: the newer ones make hardly any noise at all, Autunm.  You would like them, I feel sure.  If you
ever feel that you need it again, please go back to it because it
is very, very helpful--in your case, after you get the infections
under control.  Watch your sugar intake, too.  That causes more
problems than most of us like to think about. (Bacteria feed on

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/2/2012 11:05:40 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/3/2012 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
hi its genectic.funny profile name.thanks for your info.i have been on antibiotics quite a few times for my sinus pain and it has lessened the intense pain for about a week after but it always comes gp tried to get me into the allergist quicker by explaining i was in a lot of pain each day but they could not do it.
i am on a steroid nose spray everyday but i can see it is not much help.i have tried a few different types.i acap machine is not very old at all but it is still too noisy.i could not afford it and i was lucky my parents bought it for me.the price of them is very high and i found the wait to rent a second hand machine was very long and cost a lot and in the end,you were left with nothing.

thanks again.i hope you are ok today.
chronic migraine and headache sufferer for 25 years.
chronic bladder pain for 3 years.
diagnosed recently with intercystitis cystitis -ic
sinus face pain
upper stomach pain through to back

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   Posted 5/4/2012 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd see another doctor, Autunm, there must be more than one
allergist within your reach whom can see you.

Take care.

It's Genetic

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   Posted 5/4/2012 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
hi its genetic.i looked at the option of seeing another allergist but i found there was none local doctor said allergists are a rare breed world wide.i said that is stupid considering there is such a high demand for their services.he said they are so busy mainly due to parents getting their kids tested for food allergies and things like that.
i have told me kids that they should become allergists when they grow up because they will never be out of work and they would make good for all your have been wonderful and supportive for me and i really appreciate it very much.hope your having a good day today.take care. cool
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